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BuddyPhi: Social Networking App for University Students

Fully Developed App (Android & Apple). Winner of Multiple Industry Awards. Seeking Capital

BuddyPhi: Social Networking App for University Students

Fully Developed App (Android & Apple). Winner of Multiple Industry Awards. Seeking Capital

£1
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated August 27, 2019

About

BuddyPhi 

Introduction:

An industry-first/ award winning social networking app connecting university students based on mutual university subjects. All registrations undergo a secure verification process requiring a valid university email, ensuring the safety and validity of all app users. Mutual connections activate the integrated chat feature, and all discussions are grouped at the subject level - allowing students access when needed most at any time.

BuddyPhi makes it much easier to expand on your social and academic circles, make new friends, trade study materials, improve grades, and enhance the overall university experience. Note there is no filter for age, gender, religion, disability, or sexual orientation - BuddyPhi is not a dating app, but instead focused on networking with peers.

  • Want to significantly expand on your social and academic circles?
  • Want to improve grades and promote greater information sharing?
  • New elective, new university, course transfer?
  • Want to make new friends and be involved?
  • At open/ remote learning, but want to build up a network with fellow classmates?
  • Can't attend class due to physical, mental, language barrier, or other disadvantage?
  • Want to form study groups?
  • Need help with lecture course materials?

Seeking capital to invest in the app (specifically the global marketing campaign)

Background / Journey & Mission:

 The idea was curated after having experienced challenges that are unsurprisingly shared by thousands-and-thousands of university students across the globe – new environment, too many new faces, everyone’s on busy schedules, and limited time or opportunities to mingle. Unfortunately, these have the potential to be distracting and can adversely impact grades. Other personal circumstances (physical or mental disability, language barriers, etc) further reinforce the issues faced, and the lack of any suitable solution to help overcome.

According to a 2013 study, there are 92 million university students currently enrolled worldwide (undergraduate, postgraduate, open learning/ distance, and other college), also reinforcing the need to address this issue and allow for an equal playing field for all.

BuddyPhi was created to help overcome these challenges.

Benefits to Students:

  • Exclusive to University Students & a safe environment to connect
  • Online platform, easy to use and user-friendly
  • Offered to most major universities worldwide (i.e. BuddyPhi is global)
  • Make new connections/ friends, information sharing/ trade study materials, improve grades, and enhance the overall university experience (both academically and socially)
  • Integrated chat feature and discussions grouped at subject-level
  • No in-app ads or marketing
  • Free to download, and all users benefit from a free 1 month trial
  • Very affordable pricing (currently A$1 per month, opt out any time)

Industry Awards:

BuddyPhi has received several industry awards from highly respected and leading app awards institution: Best Mobile App Awards (BMAA), notably:

  • Best New Mobile App (Silver Award, July 2018)
  • Best Designed Mobile App (Platinum Award, July 2018)
  • Best New Mobile App (Gold Award nominee, July 2019)
  • Best Mobile App Design (Gold Award nominee, July 2019)

Reference:  https://bestmobileappawards.com/app-submission/buddyphi 

Current Status of BuddyPhi:

  • BuddyPhi has been fully developed for Android and Apple, and listed on app stores
  • Holds all legal intellectual property rights (innovation patent, trademarks, copyrights, legal disclaimers for privacy policy and terms of use, and mobile app development agreement for the sole developer)
  • Website fully developed and live:   http://www.buddyphi.com/ 
  • BuddyPhi has been fully funded to date by the sole founder, myself
  • BJ Venture Capital is a shell company holding all ownership rights, myself 100%

In-App Screens:

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Marketing Strategy:

  • Promote on Facebook Ads (USA, China, UK, Europe, Australia, etc)
  • Other marketing as required (e.g. student bodies/ ad-space/ newspapers/ etc)

Funding Required:

All funds raised through Kickstarter will be used towards worldwide marketing campaign.

Thank you for your support. I'd be happy to answer questions you may have.

Risks and challenges

Risk of slow market absorption of app
- Mitigant 1: BuddyPhi has ticked all the boxes with regards to set up (app is fully developed and independently reviewed), receiving industry recognition through awards, legal, and website readied
- Mitigant 2: BuddyPhi has just officially launched in July 2019, and is about to embark on an intensified marketing drive focused on top market regions (hence the Kickstarter funds)
- Mitigant 4: Very affordable app pricing (free to download & A$1 per month thereafter) is the right price point. If the app is entirely free (under vote win), then market penetration will be quicker
- Mitigant 3: Founder of BuddyPhi, myself, will continue to invest own money into the project

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Support the Mission / Thank You Note

    Support the Mission and receive a special thank you note

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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    Vote: Free 1 Yr Membership for Everyone

    Vote for BuddyPhi to be FREE for 12 months for ALL registered users - activated once we reach the minimum of (a) £50,000 raised from voting, or (b) total votes of at least 2,000.

    Small print:
    - No price "catch-up" after this 12 month period, afterwards the pricing will revert to A$1 per month for all users
    - Free period to commence from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 (i.e. 12 months)
    - App will remain as free to download

    This will be your pledge to help subsidise the cost for all university students. All funds raised will be invested towards improving the BuddyPhi platform/ performance and marketing drive/ advertising.

    Each voter will also receive a Thank You Note for your support towards this great cause.

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    VIP Inside Story: The BuddyPhi Journey

    As the Founder of BuddyPhi, I will personally call to talk you through the journey of BuddyPhi, from brainstorming to final development, and everything else inbetween such as but not limited to:

    - story from the sole founder of BuddyPhi
    - brainstorming of idea
    - strategic planning and target setting
    - issuing contracts for key aspects (without listing specific names)
    - art of project managing
    - balancing full-time work with app development
    - issues/ challenges along the way and Eureka turning points
    - final launch
    - insight into costings etc
    - and how I managed to keep costs low and on budget

    Call will be up to 2 hours on WhatsApp at a time agreed to both.

    I believe this is an absolute necessity for any (and all) aspiring entrepreneurs considering taking the leap of faith into developing their own mobile app, with extremely valuable lessons. I wish I had this knowledge before I started, highly recommended!

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Funding period

- (30 days)